Arsenal paid too much for Ozil, believes Lehmann

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann thinks that the club paid too much money for Mesut Ozil, who became their record signing for £42.5m on transfer deadline day.

However, Lehmann believes the deal for Ozil represents a bargain compared to the world record €100m fee paid to Tottenham Hotspur by Real Madrid for Gareth Bale, the Daily Mirror has reported, claiming no player should be worth that much.

He said: “In all honesty, Arsenal paid too much for Mesut Ozil, but that’s because Gareth Bale went to Real Madrid for so much more money. Nobody is worth that much.

The Ozil deal was much better. I don’t see a €50m difference between the two players. That’s how that market works when a club like Real Madrid loses the plot.

Arsenal are profiting from Ozil’s level of game and performance and his success is not a surprise to me. Wenger did not fail and, given time, he demonstrated a great success in the market.

Lehmann made 149 league appearances for Arsenal, helping them to win the Premier League title as Invincibles in 2003-04, and the FA Cup in 2005. He also represented Schalke 04, Milan, Borussia Dortmund and Stuttgart during a 23-year career, in which he earned 61 caps for Germany.

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